Of Comic Books and Couture

Image Original sketches by Yves Saint Laurent of his comic creation, La Vilaine Lulu. In 1967, Yves Saint Laurent introduced La Vilaine Lulu, the beastly little star of a comic book — or bande dessinée — that he wrote and illustrated. Short and squat with a froggy face, wearing a beribboned boater and a scarlet…

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WVU researcher studies how nursing homes can accommodate obese residents

IMAGE: The stereotype of the thin, frail nursing home resident doesn’t reflect today’s reality. About 30 percent of nursing home residents are obese. Nicholas Castle, chair of the WVU Department of… view more  Credit: WVU About 30 percent of nursing home residents are obese. That can complicate their care. The facility may need to buy them…

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NETRF-funded research may help predict pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (pNET) recurrence

IMAGE: Dr. Ramesh Shivdasani finds a clinical marker for non-functional pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor metastasis view more  Credit: Dana-Farber Cancer Center A group of researchers funded by Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation (NETRF) has discovered molecular information that may help predict recurrence of non-functional pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (pNETs), which do not release excess hormones into the bloodstream. In…

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Biomedical sciences researcher gets $3.26 million grant to develop universal flu vaccine

IMAGE: Dr. Baozhong Wang, associate professor in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University view more  Credit: Georgia State University ATLANTA—Influenza remains a major public health risk, and Dr. Baozhong Wang, associate professor in Georgia State University’s Institute for Biomedical Sciences, has received a five-year, $3.26 million federal grant to combat this threat by…

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Gender bias alive and well in health care roles, study shows

New Orleans, LA — Results of a multi-center study of patients’ assumptions about health care professionals’ roles based on gender show significant stereotypical bias towards males as physicians and females as nurses. The research team, led in New Orleans by Lisa Moreno-Walton, MD, LSU Health New Orleans Emergency Medicine at University Medical Center (UMC), found…

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How you and your friends can play a video game together using only your minds

IMAGE: University of Washington researchers created a method for two people help a third person solve a task using only their minds. Heather Wessel, a recent UW graduate with a bachelor’s… view more  Telepathic communication might be one step closer to reality thanks to new research from the University of Washington. A team created a method…

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Harnessing reliability for neuroscience research

The neuroimaging community has made significant strides towards collecting large-scale neuroimaging datasets, which—until the past decade—had seemed out of reach. Between initiatives focused on the aggregation and open sharing of previously collected datasets and de novo data generation initiatives tasked with the creation of community resources, tens of thousands of datasets are now available online.…

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Sense of smell, pollution and neurological disease connection explored

IMAGE: Schematic of the mid-sagittal plane of the mouse skul and brain. The pathway of cerebrospinal fuid flow is shown by blue arrows, flowing around the brain and spinal cord…. view more  A consensus is building that air pollution can cause neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, but how fine, sooty particles cause…

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